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generally Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adverb usually; as a rule
    by and large; more often than not; mostly.
    • by and large it doesn't rain much here
  2. adverb without distinction of one from others
    in the main; in general.
    • he is interested in snakes in general
  3. adverb without regard to specific details or exceptions
    broadly speaking; loosely; broadly.
    • he interprets the law broadly

Gen"er*al*ly adverb
  1. In general; commonly; extensively, though not universally; most frequently.
  2. In a general way, or in general relation; in the main; upon the whole; comprehensively.
    Generally speaking, they live very quietly. Addison.
  3. Collectively; as a whole; without omissions. Obs.
    I counsel that all Israel be generally gathered unto thee. 2 Sam. xvii. ll.

Webster 1913